Today was all about stairs...I climbed them, and I took a hell of a lot of pictures of them.
(Confusing subway station is confusing)
I started off the day feeling slightly under the weather so I popped on a facemask and headed out to an early breakfast. After meeting up with the group we set off towards the Sony Showroom.
It was interesting to be in a place with lots of space compared to the cramped aisles and halls of every other place we've been. There was nothing really noteworthy, it was all a giant Sony demo. They had giant Sony screens with PSPs and PS3s hooked up to them so that you can play demos. The Gundam game sucked, PattaPon was kinda fun, and Escherchrome (sp?) was pretty good. The thing is- I already knew all of that because I've seen them in the US. It was a waste of an hour.
After that we took a walk to the Tokyo Tower. Wiki it to find out what it is if your really interested. To get there we had to go through another temple, and this time we had to be quiet on the inside because they were having service. Our Japanese professor had just told us to not take pictures while inside when I turned around and saw the Animation prof with his camera propped up on a chair taking pictures of the massive Buddha in front. The place was awesome because of all the ornate gold hanging from the ceiling, but I have no pictures because I didn't want to be that much of a jerk.
After a short walk we were at the base of Tokyo Tower. Instantly we all decided we wanted crepes so we mobbed the crepe place right next to it.
(Its like "Psych" only on your food)
Afterwards we did the obvious- took the elevator up that mofo! The view up there was really cool. I looked down and saw some dudes playing soccer and instantly wanted to go join them.
Then we decided to spend our professor's money and go up to the top most floor they let us go to. It was tiny and didn't really offer a better view of the city. In short it was a waste of 6 bucks. There was actually a line to get into the elevator to let you down.
(Cool looking Roof)
Then we split up into the lucky 6 that got to go to Arc System, and the other 10 who were going to follow an old friend of our Professor around. Unfortunately I didin't take any pictures of the guy, but he was really cool. He was into baseball and was funny to talk to. He was also like 74 and walked faster than all us young 20-somethings.
We were going to go to the Imperial Garden, but when we got there it was closed. Being such a nice guy- he decided he'd take us to this old garden that allegedly belonged to this ancient highly recognized samurai guy. I took probably way more pictures than you nerds want to see (I'm a sucker for architecture and the combination of stone/wood/nature is interesting to me).
After that, he decided he'd take us to the "Michigan Ave" (or "5th Ave" for you NY readers) of Tokyo. The place looked really cool, but damn was it high class. Games that can be found elsewhere for as low as 20 bucks were on sale there for 50+. There were stores for all the high end designers- Prada, Gucci, Armani, Coach, Burberry, you get the picture. Basically I visited the UNIQLO (think H and M only cool) and this awesome toy store at the end of the street.
(players from the Tokyo giants playing with some kids right next to their stadium)
(my pal Matt and similarly tired japanese guy)
(who wants Flan?!?!)
(8 bucks each, who wants one?!?)
The night was still young so we went to some strange Sony Place where everyone inside (even customers) were wearing ties. After thinking about it I realized that it was probably the investor parlor where they show off their products and marketing strategies to try to get bigwigs to invest money into the company.
(Sorry for no pictures of the lame Sony place, only of massive people on some stairs in the train station)
After a short trip home we went out to hit the streets of Shinjuku (where our Hotel is) again. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me (since I left it at the hotel when we came back), but there are some thigns that may be of interest to you.
- SF4 is fun. I'm not a big fighting game guy. I'm also not a big SF guy. In fact the first time I've ever played any SF was about a month or 2 back when I downloaded one on the Wii. I learned how to do Ryu's moves to I just used him. It was actually a blast.
- Cave is insane. there was an arcade machine with an old Cave shmup loaded so I sat down and played. It was crazy, intense and fun.
- They have arcade games that we need here. There are a series of Arcade TCG games that look awesome. What you do is you buy a pack of these cards and use those to play the arcade. Theres a table and you slide your cards around to do different thigns on screen. Its like an entire Genre of gaming that I had never heard of before, and apperantly its real big here. There are those type games for OnePiece, Dragonball, Naruto, YuGiOh, RTS types, RPGs , Soccer and other sports, etc. Its interesting to watch these people sit down and slide cards across a table as they compete against other players for victory.
- Claw Machines are evil. I don't know how many of you are into toys (or read TomoPop) but there are these brand new figures that have Luffy from OnePiece and Goku from DBz wearing each other's main outfit. I sat at a claw machine for like 30 min trying to get one. I blew through more cash than I'm probably gonna use to flat out pay for it when I'll probably order it from Play-Asia. The guy working the game kept comming by and rearranging the figures in the machines because I kept moving them to the point where they were more impossible to get.
- Camera/electronic stores are huge and you will get lost.
- While drink vending machines may be plentiful, somehow resteraunts have found a way to serve you the minimum drink possible. On the same note- Wendys and McDs looks and tastes exactly like it does in the US.
- Gashapon may seem cheap, but what your really doing is using 2 dollars over and over...basically its a drug.
Since I've already rambled on for so long, I might as well talk about the plans for tommorow,
(that is all)